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Simply Centered co-founders Debra Apruzzese and Elaine Gavalas met as teens. Reuniting years later, they discovered their personal and professional journeys were complementary like matching pieces of a puzzle. They share a passion for sustainable, natural, and organic lifestyles, and also the same background of being raised in Greek Mediterranean households where living simply and organically was a way of life. This led to their inspiration to collaborate and create Simply Centered.

About Us provides access to the knowledge and means to lead a healthy and well-being centered life. We organize the information and resources you need to make better lifestyle choices. We connect visitors to "trusted sources" committed to providing information, products, services, and art that enhance health and well-being.

It is your electronic tool-kit, using the most advanced technology, to simply achieve balance of body, mind, and spirit. Trusted Sources are resources committed to contributing to a positive impact on society, the environment, and consumer health and well-being.

What Guides Us only links you to resources that meet the SC5Cs. The SC5C require that all companies and certifications be: Simply...

  • Committed to natural alternative solutions that improve health & well-being
  • Caring towards the earth and its inhabitants
  • Candid with their company's processes
  • Conscious of their impact on the world
  • Centered on producing products with integrity and quality

Who are trusted Sources ? uses the SC5Cs to scan and filter existing third-party certification agencies, like Cruelty Free, Demeter, Fair Trade, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, QAI, USDA Organic, WaterSense EPA, amongst others. Companies who are granted these certifications can be linked to

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SC Integrity Pledge

If a Company does not hold a certification from one of the SC5C filtered agencies, it can participate in the site by agreeing to the Integrity Pledge.

Become a trusted source

Our experts have identified a list of existing certifications that comply with the SC5Cs. If a company holds one of these following certifications, it will automatically qualify as a Trusted Source. We expect this list to continue to grow as the world embraces more ethical solutions for healthy living, so if you do not find a certification on the list, please send it our way for review and verification

If you find a company that is misrepresenting itself or should not be a Trusted Source, we want to hear about it via our on-line review. We at hold ourselves responsible for maintaining an open dialogue about corporate responsibility to consumers, to our society and to the planet.

Meet the Team

Elaine Gavalas

Co-founder and Publishing Lead

Elaine Gavalas, Co-founder and Publishing Lead, is a health expert, acclaimed author, and popular speaker. Elaine is an exercise physiologist, sports nutritionist, yoga therapist and weight management specialist, and received her Master's degree and Certification from Columbia University. Elaine's researched based approach to healthy living knowledge is anchored by her postgraduate medical studies at Columbia University and California College of Podiatric Medicine.

Debra Apruzzese

Founder and Business Lead

Debra Apruzzese, Founder, and Business Lead, was raised in a Mediterranean household where living simply and organically was the way of life. Maintaining health and well-being while balancing family, a full-time career, and volunteerism led to her commitment to natural alternative solutions. An accomplished Fortune 500 business executive, Debra has worked across multiple global industries providing leadership in strategic and operational activities. Debra is married and has two daughters; she holds an Engineering degree from Bucknell University. She is passionate about bringing awareness to natural paths to healthy living and well-being.

Stuart Katz

Media Lead

Stuart Katz received his Master's degree in Language, Literature and Communication Arts from Columbia University, New York. He attended Columbia's Film Program under the chairmanship of Milos Forman (Oscar winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus). Stuart is a dedicated and accomplished educator and has taught literature, drama and writing in New York and California. Stuart has collaborated with his wife Elaine Gavalas in the writing and editing of numerous books, screenplays, stage plays, articles and videos. The Cloister Code is their latest collaboration. This and their other writings can be found at

Billy Mcfarland

SC Chief Technology Advisor
Spling CEO

Billy McFarland is a serial entrepreneur who founded the ad-tech startup, Spling, and most recently, the community and technology centric credit card, Magnises. Business Insider calls Billy a “Tech Wiz”. Bloomberg TV has dubbed him a “Mastermind”, while Chic Metropolitan has characterized him as “The Money Man for Millennials”.

Simply Centered Team

Meisha Williams, Head of Marketing and Sales

Olivia Galbraith, Social Media Lead

Mark J. Anton, Sales & Business Intelligence Associate

Advisory Team

In addition, is guided by an extensive advisory team comprising leading experts in their respective fields of finance, legal, marketing, and human resources.